AccorHotels announces first SO/ in the region
SO/, AccorHotels’ audacious and spirited luxury brand, has announced its debut property in the Middle East with the SO/ Uptown Dubai. The disruptive art and experience driven property will fully embody the concept of a Kaleidoscopic Utopia, reflecting Dubai’s urban charm with the hotel’s convention-defying, colourful and lively design concepts.
SO/ Uptown Dubai, set to open to guests by late 2020, will feature 188 rooms in addition to 215 branded residences. Inspired by edgy and bold architecture, interiors for the luxury property will be brought to life by the Rockwell Group.
Ahmed Bin Sulayem, executive chairman, DMCC, said: “DMCC is excited to be the ‘first to say SO/’ by bringing the debut SO/ in the Middle East to our first super-tall tower in Uptown Dubai in partnership with AccorHotels. SO/ is a bold and innovative brand much like the spirit of Dubai and DMCC’s Uptown Dubai district. We are confident this partnership will bring a spectacular destination to market for our customers, at our premium super-tall tower set to disrupt the Dubai skyline as we know it.”
Queen Elizabeth 2 opens as a floating hotel
THE Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) opened its doors last month in Dubai as a floating hotel. PCFC Hotels - part of the Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation – has reinvented the legendary vessel, which has a history spanning five decades.
Docked permanently at Mina Rashid, QE2 in its first phase will be welcoming passengers on board to experience a selection of beautifully restored rooms and suites, to discover 5 of the planned 13 restaurants and bars and explore her rich history in the adjacent QE2 Heritage Exhibition.
The 13-deck hotel has been thoughtfully restored to her former glory – maintaining her most loved interior design features – including her period furniture, renowned paintings and famous memorabilia.
Adjacent to the hotel lobby is the QE2 Exhibition – an interactive museum that showcases the QE2 during the 60’s when she was a pioneer in design, technology and lifestyle – words often used to describe the city she resides in today.
The grand launch of the QE2 will take place in October 2018.
Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche opens
LAST month, R Hotels announced the opening of Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche, marking the debut of the Wyndham Garden brand in the UAE.
Boasting sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf, the property features 179 rooms and suites, all facing the beachfront. It will also showcase an executive lounge on the top floor, and state of the art leisure facilities including a modern spa, fitness club, outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, and kids’ club. The dining options will include Seascape, a seafood speciality restaurant; Gourmet Garden all-day dining venue; R Café at the lobby; and Waves pool bar.
Taj announces key projects in the region
THE Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), which operates the Taj brand of hotels, has announced its entry into Saudi Arabia, with a 340-key property in the holy city of Makkah to be opened in January 2023.
The new hotel, signed in partnership with Umm Al Qura Development and Construction Company, will be developed as part of the King Abdul Aziz Road (KAAR) project, one of the largest urban rejuvenation projects in the city of Makkah, and will be located within walking distance of the Grand Mosque (Masjid Al-Haram).
This hotel will be IHCL’s fourth venture in the Mena region. The company manages Taj Dubai located in the Burj Khalifa downtown area. It will also open another two hotels in Dubai in the next 12 to 18 months.
A.A. Al Moosa Enterprises LLC, a Dubai-based service-oriented conglomerate that offers a wide spectrum of business interests, revealed plans for TAJ Exotica Resort & Spa, along with a Hilton and a Marriott, with a target opening date of first quarter of 2019. The three luxurious properties located on the Palm Jumeirah will add 1,500 rooms and suites to the current inventory of hotel rooms in Dubai.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is situated on the eastern crescent of Palm Jumeirah.
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